The Eye Opening Truth About What It Takes For You To Be Successful And Supportive In WA
I don't get paid to write on WA, and thus, I don't plan to write many articles on WA until I have achieved my own goals and feel ready to contribute more to this amazing community.
However, I know from experience that when I first joined WA and went through their training, there was a lot that I didn't understand and I would have greatly appreciated being mentioned when I first joined WA. I had so many questions.
That's why today I will be presenting clear details that I hope will help members of WA go into this business model with eyes wide open.
I will be discussing some common misconceptions and much-needed guidelines for people wanting to be a supportive member of WA. I will also be giving insight on WA's method to this madness we call "content creation".
Cause let's be honest, no one likes getting poorly written feedback or a lazy comment, and everyone who has ever started in WA wants to know why the heck they are writing articles. ;)
Disclaimer: This post is less applicable for those of you who are making a part-time/full time incomes with WA, but I will be providing points that I believe can help everyone improve.
With that, let's get right into this...
The 3 Top Mistakes
I am sorry to say that I believe too many people give up before they see results because of three reasons:
1. They don't work on their site/business long enough to see results. (E.g. They give up after a few months)
2. They don't spend enough time per week to see results even if they are showing up; they treat this like a hobby.
And 3. They don't make their website correctly.
1. They Give Up Too Soon
Lets be real here for a second. In almost every success story and in almost every testimonial I have read from WA, the average time it takes to start seeing Any serious results is 1 year. There are certainly exceptions to this, but the majority of people start seeing a few sales and regular traffic after a year.
Please note that this is an average, and is assuming you are only working about 1 hour a day, 7 days a week.
You can certainly see sales and traffic within a year, but don't set your expectations too high unless you are going to devote more time to this.
It is pretty standard to see a regular passive income that fully exceeds your WA expenses after 2 years, and after 3 years, you should have replaced your job. If this is not clear for newer members and experienced members, let this be a wake up call for you, this is Not a get-rich-quick scheme!
Also, if you have been working for over 5 years on this and you are not free of your job, you either have a lot of expenses/ debt that you need to cover, or you aren't treating this like a part-time job with the potential for unlimited returns.
Again, time estimates vary, but the average is 3 years to replace your job.
As my dad will tell me, "If you treat this like a hobby, it will pay you like a hobby."
2. They Have A Hobby
The second point is that people don't spend enough time per week or per month working on this. I like to use a common example to make my point, "If you didn't show up to your job, how long would it be before they fired you?"
Most people would say about 2 days before they fired you. (Assuming you didn't give them notice and get time off)
What's my point? Integrity is an integral part of the workplace, and it is essential in a business where you are managing yourself. I have the benefit of being accountable to someone, maybe that is what you need too? (I am in a life coaching program that I highly recommend, PM me if interested)
3. They Don't Know What A Website Should Look Like - How I Provide SiteFeadback
Another problem is that people don't know what a successful website should look like. Let me explain.
What is the first issue that most people struggle with? Bad website wordpress template choice.
Look at any of the major search engine websites like Bing, Google, or yahoo. White background, clean menus and easy on the eyes navigation/content.
Click on the top ranked sites in a searcheable keyword on any search engine, they will almost always share the following characteristics:
1. Picture quantity (3 minimum)
2. Word count (1000 minimum)
3. Clean Site Layout
4. Professional or Clean Looking logo.
5. Professional Menus for navigation
6. If widgets are present, they compliment the website and don't appear spammy or irritate.
7. White background (Light gray max)
8. There are no conflicting colors. (Like blue and red for example)
9. Spelling errors are at a minimum.(No more than 3 usually)
10. Links Working on every page, and are often good-looking.
FYI: This is also my checklist when I provide SiteFeadback.
I then use a point system to give my final grade for websites:
10 point system
1/5 "Needs Work" (1-2)
2/5 "Ok" (3-4)
3/5 "Decent" (5-6)
4/5 "Good" (7-8)
5/5 "Great" (9-10)
So I will tally how many items they got out of the above 10, and that will be their grade. Notice there isn't a "Perfect" rating, that's because there is no such thing as a website that will never need work or improvement.
You will also notice that I never rate a website, "Poor" or "Bad". If you showed up and started working on a website, you have taken action that the majority of the world's populace was not willing to do. There are no bad websites, only opportunities to improve.
With this in mind, anyone and everyone can be sure that if they receive SiteFeadback from you, it is thorough and has worth you can take to the bank, if you know what I mean.
Why The Heck Am I Making So Many Articles/Posts?
I don't know about you, but I have studied internet marketing for years and I really didn't understand why I was making so many articles. This was a form of advertising that I wouldn't clearly understand until later in the Affiliate Bootcamp.
For those of you who haven't gone thorough or finished the Affiliate Bootcamp, please note that there is invaluable information and training on PPC and SEO that is applicable to any niche, or WA's own affiliate platform.
Let me give you some insight that I believe will give you some hope and understanding that is very lacking from WA's introduction to this whole business model.
Please note that there are many other ways you will generate traffic and then revenue, but let me list a few things to look forward to so that you go into this business with a clear understanding of how you will build your online business.
WA works off of the following business model:
- Build a website
- This is virtual real estate, it is you base of marketing and will be where you send traffic. Please note that simply having a website will not bring you traffic (visitors)
- Optimization of menus, widgets, colors, and general theme (logo, branding), is all something covered to make you more professional, it is NOT what will bring you traffic.
- Having your own purchased/registered domain makes you look more professional and is better for branding, but is not a make or break to your success. You can still be successful with a sub domain.
- Create content
- This will be your primary source of income. By having reviews and general topics, you will drive people's attention to the products or affiliate sources that you have.
NOTE: Simply making content and publishing it is not the main way you will get ranked. Traffic comes with SEO, PPC and value content which takes time.
Using the above SiteFeadback system by which I review websites is a great way to evaluate how your website/ content is doing.
- Using PPC and other methods for advertising will lead to greater traffic and will list your site on the first page of search engines. (This is a later topic and is something you should not be getting into until you have at least 50 posts made, at least from my understanding)
- Using Site Comments or the link Here (The Give and Take Comments Threads) are some of the primary ways to boost your SEO on your articles and get your articles indexed faster. Eventually, you can be indexed without even having comments due to your content and publishing frequency.
- Social Media. Google Plus, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. All of these are extemely important to publishing your work and getting more traffic.
- Building a successful website and then moving onto another requires someone else to make content and possibly manage your site optimization. (Menus, websites, categories, etc)
- This is expected after your first website is successful and is making regular passive income that covers expenses and puts money in your pocket. Every great business has a team.
Disclaimer: I am still working on my own website and haven't achieve financial freedom or regular passive income yet, I am presenting my understanding and what I have been taught in WA after extensive training.
My Schedule For WA, What I Do With My Website
I think I should make something clear, my schedule is not your schedule. How I work fits my desired growth and progress and may not fit yours. I want to be financially free within 2-3 years and my schedule may be too much for you.
As of right now, I work 2 hours a day Monday-Friday, and that's after working full time at my job (8 hours).
On Saturday/Sunday, I work a full 8-hour shift which I call my "Power Day". At the time of me writing this, I am on my power day and expect to work for another 5 hours or so. It is truly amazing what you can do when you dedicate the time.
That means I am working about 18 hours a week, and about 72 hours a month on this business. Want to know how I blow through training so fast? That's how.
At this rate, after a year I will have worked 864 hours on my business/site.
I made my first sale a couple months back, and have been regularly accumulating Adsense money that I will be paid when it reaches a threshold.
The "7-10, 3-5" Principle
My dad shared a principle with me that he learned from his life coach. (PM me if you would like to know the Life Coaching program that has changed my life and my dad's.)
The principle was, "7-10 hours a week, 3-5 years before financial freedom".
Basically, the average for people who work 7-10 hours a week, will be financially free in 3-5 years. This is a very reasonable estimate and is actually proven with WA as most people who work at least an hour a day per week get financially free in about 3 years.
I work 18 hours a week on this business. I'll let you do the math, but I have absolutely zero doubt that I will be financially free in 3 years or less with this many hours being worked weekly/monthly.
Again, this may not work for you though, and there is nothing wrong with working an hour a day on your business. Food for thought. :)
What is the final takeaway from this? Well, it's certainly not to give up or to stop taking action. It has often been quoted that 80%-90% of success is just showing up.
If you are consistently taking action and going through the training in WA, you are going to see results. Period.
I think the most important thing is that you go through the training as fast as possible.
Also, if you have to choose between finishing training and making a post, finish the training for that day! Thankfully, most of the training has you make new posts anyway, so you won't have to choose between the two activities very often. :)
However, there is always room for improvement, and much of what I have just shared with you I have learned and discovered after over 7 months of work in WA now. Think of this post as an accelerator that, if used properly, can shave off weeks of mistakes and doubt.
Feel free to share this post to anyone who has doubts and wants more information on how Wealthy Affiliate works and wants some tips on helping others in the community properly.
I apologize for how long this post has become, with over 2000 words, this went on a lot longer than I expected! XD
If you have any questions, please comment below or PM me and I will get back to you asap!
Cheers to your success and future financial freedom through WA!
Jacob Highley (MoneyMech)